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Burial place of Fatimah

The burial place of Fatimah is a disputed issue among different sects of Muslims. Fatimah was a daughter of the Islamic prophet (Arabic: نَـبِي‎) Muhammad and Khadijah (therefore, a member of Muhammad's Bayt (Arabic: بَـيـت‎, 'Household')), wife of ‘Ali ibn Abi Taleb, and mother of Al-Hasan and Al-Husain.[1][2] Ali buried his wife in an unknown location, according to Fatimah's decision with the aim of expressing her anger towards the caliph of the time.[3] Different locations have been mentioned as the possible burial place of Fatimah. Some of them are[by whom?] said to be nearer to fact:[clarify] Al-Baqi', her house and between Muhammad's tomb and his minbar.

Arabic calligraphy reading Fatimah az-Zahra

Secret burialEdit

Tradition states that, after the death of Muhammad and the Saqifah incident,[4] the home of the household of the prophet was crowded with material to set fire for taking allegiance by force from Ali.[5][6] Defending Ali's Divine successorship[7] Fatimah was injured [8] and desired no one attend her burial .[a] Fatimah's burial place remained secret.[9][10][11] Also according to some references, Fatima asked Ali ibn Abi Talib no one attend her funeral except Umm Salimah, Umm Ayman, Fidha, Hassan, Hussain, Salman, Ammar, Miqdad, Abu Dhar and Hudhayfah.[12] According to Madelung (The Succession to Muhammad), the secret burial was done with the aim of avoiding the presence of caliph (Abu Bakr).[3]

The next day; people, while blaming each other, gathered and proposed bringing a group of women for exhumation of Zahra's grave.[11]


The exact place of her tomb is unknown,[3][13] for she had asked Ali to hide it as a proof of her anger against the people who bothered her.[13] Also, other Imams and those who participated in her funeral never revealed the place of her grave.[14] Three places has been specified as her grave;[3] Al-Baqi', her house and between Muhammad's tomb and his minbar.[13]

Shia viewEdit

According to Shaykh Tusi:

You may visit her in shrine of prophet Muhammad, because there is her burial place.

Then continues:

regarding this matter, there are different ideas ; some of them say that she was buried in Al-Baqi', some others say that she was buried in Muhammad's tomb while some others mention her house as her burial place and say that her grave fell in the mosque when Umayyads extended the mosque.

Based on the prophetic narration, Some scholars believe that she is buried in Muhammad's shrine: "What is between my house and my minbar is a meadow of the meadows of Jannah" [15]

Based on Allamah Askari, the last possibility about Fatimah's burial place is her house. This possibility is backed by several authentic documents. The main documents are those received from the Ahl al-Bayt, the main members of the prophetic house who know about the incident better than others. An authentic tradition by Ali ibn mousa al-Ridha narrated in Kitab al-Kafi, Tahdhib al-Ahkam, Man la yahduruhu al-Faqih, Oyoun Akhbar Al-Ridha and Al-Ma'ani al-Akhbar reports:

"She was buried in her house and when Umayyads extended the mosque, the burial place fell in the mosque."[b][16]

Sunni viewEdit

It is narrated in Sahih al-Bukhari, Muwatta of Malik, Hilyat al-Awliya of Abu Nu`aym, Sunan of Tirmidhi, and Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal[c] that Fatimah is buried between Muhammad's house and his minbar, based on a prophetic narration which says: "What is between my house and my minbar is a meadow of the meadows of Jannah."[15]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ On the night of the third (3rd) of Jamadi al-Thani (the second), 11 A.H .
  2. ^ دُفِنَتْ فِي بَيْتِهَا فَلَمَّا زَادَتْ بَنُو أُمَيَّةَ فِي الْمَسْجِدِ صَارَتْ فِي الْمَسْجِدِ
  3. ^ Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 3, P. 29
    Muwatta Imam Malik, Vol. 1, P. 197
    Hilyat al-Awliya, Vol. 6, P. 347
    Sunan of Tirmidhi, Vol. 5, P. 718
    Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Vol. 2, P. 401



  1. ^ Chittick 1980, p. 136
  2. ^ Calmard 1999
  3. ^ a b c d Madelung 1998, p. 52
  4. ^ Nahim 2012, p. 198
  5. ^ Dungersi, p. 36
  6. ^ Nahim 2012, p. 173
  7. ^ Nahim 2012, p. 25
  8. ^ Morrow 2013, p. 104
  9. ^ Dungersi, p. 43
  10. ^ Nahim 2012, p. 39
  11. ^ a b Alamdar 2014
  12. ^ Al-Jibouri 2013, p. 303
  13. ^ a b c Qurashi 2006, p. 248
  14. ^ Al-Jibouri 2013, p. 300
  15. ^ a b Mousavi Zanjanrudi 2012
  16. ^ Javdan 2013


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